The December 13, 2010 edition of The Chicago Tribune featured Donors Forum Member, Eleanor Foundation, noting results of educational initiatives that help lower-income working women.
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The way Eric Brown, communications director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, tells it in a recent Communications Network webinar, it wasn't a sudden "Eureka moment" that sparked his desire to assess the effectiveness of the training programs his foundation had been offering for years to help grantees develop effective communications skills.
As a sector-switcher, I don’t represent the target audience for “Daring to Lead 2011,” a presentation offered by Donors Forum in May, but I found myself riveted by the presentations and panel discussion. What could have been dry statistics was transformed into a compelling, and at times humorous, presentation by Jeanne Bell, CEO of Compass Point.
In Illinois and across the country, the jobs of nonprofits just got harder, as a result of the Aug. 1 bipartisan deal in the U.S. House of Representatives to reach a debt agreement.
This morning, I awoke to a highly unexpected story about Burger King ‘s decision to source all of their egg and pork products from cage-free farms. This announcement, from the second largest fast food vendor in the country, really highlights how mainstream corporate social responsibility programs have become, and if this trend continues, all companies may have to prove their commitment to CSR policies in order to remain competitive.
Donors Forum wants to help grantmakers better understand program-related investments and regard them as an accessible tool to further their social impact.
Like last year’s well received convening, “Real Talk About Real Costs” on Tuesday, March 12, will bring together the funders, nonprofits, and advisors who belong to Donors Forum to have real dialogue and develop practical solutions to obstacles that stand in the way of effectiveness in our field.
We know that nonprofit organizations that invest adequately in staffing and infrastructure (otherwise known as “overhead”) are better able to carry out their missions, but there are too many roadblocks that prevent nonprofits from strengthening th
Heather Peeler at Grants Managers Network discusses what information can help us best understand the impact of a grantee or potential grantee, and how we can ensure grant dollars go to the most effective grantees.
We were excited to welcome almost 600 guests to Donors Forum's 36th Annual Members and Forum Partners luncheon today. The luncheon featured David La Piana, a leading thinker in the sector, speaking on the converging trends that are affecting philanthropy and nonprofits.
As a professional who works with both individual donors and family foundations to implement effective and meaningful giving strategies, I considered David La Piana’s observations on the changes in the sector in the context of how they might shape the philanthropic advising profession and how they might inform our understanding of the “best practices” we impart to our clients.
Donors Forum Members Bank of America, Deloitte Services LP, IBM, and Microsoft Corporation were mentioned while Abbott Laboratories and Kraft Foods, Inc. were listed as companies who gave 50% or more in products rather than money in 2009 in a new USA Today article, "Companies donate employees' time, service instead of cash."
Forefront and Chicago Cares are working closely with Tom Klein, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers, to introduce the company’s capabilities to our Members and Community Partners.
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Nationwide individuals’ charitable giving is by far the largest source of private contributions to nonprofits: in 2010 individuals’ giving accounted for 81% of all private donations, totaling $211 billion. 8% of these donations are from bequests with the remaining 73% from individuals, according to the Giving USA 2011 report that incorporates data from the IRS, issued in June.
The clock continues to tick and our sector needs to communicate the impact of Illinois’ budget crisis to the general public, the media, and lawmakers. We will use the information collected below to communicate a message that includes stopping the cuts to vital services and passing a fully-funded budget that chooses revenue.
Forefront builds a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois.
This report identifies current (and recent past) results-focused, cross-sector, problem-solving work in metropolitan Chicago and throughout Illinois as well as select and illustrative models from other cities. It provides a landscape scan of exisiting collective action work in the state, and draws out common themes, lessons, and success factors from the initiatives.
Our statement on our commitment to full-cost funding represents over two years of dialogue and discussion at Donors Forum about the importance of funding overhead costs of nonprofit organizations. Working in Illinois, with foundation and nonprofit leaders, and with others in the field nationally, we are collectively trying to shift the focus away from arbitrary limits on overhead and other organizational expenses in order to focus on measures of nonprofit effectiveness such as outcomes and impact.